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Carol and Matt's website, 2003

Carol and Matt's website, 2003

Carol Richardson and Matt Fisher

The Preparations

Carol and Matt's website, 2003The day before the wedding saw Carol and her bridesmaid Rachel staying in The Chesterfield Hotel, conveniently located next door to the venue - Dartmouth House. Matt and his best man had the run of the house!

Preparations were well underway, the flowers took Carol’s breath away and things began to become very, very real! A quiet meal at Hush in Lancaster place with obligatory champagne preceded a vain attempt to get a good nights beauty sleep for the bride.

The Ceremony was scheduled to take place at 4pm, meaning a full day of fluffing, preening and general top quality pampering kicked off at 10am.

The Ceremony

Carol and Matt's website, 2003Westminster Register office came to us in the form of Mark Rimmer who performed an excellent service for a somewhat nervous couple!

Matt had no idea what his bride would be wearing and Carol was delighted to confound his outlandish expectations and turned up as a traditional, golden bride to the strains of Jupiter, from Holst’s Planets suite.

The idea was to involve as many friends as possible in celebrating our day, Claire Marsden (bridesmaid’s sister) a semi-professional soprano performed a Puccini aria, Chi Il Bel Sogno Di Doretta, to the accompaniment of Chris Holmes, their soon to be Brother in Law. Dan O’Grady, a professional actor read Love by Roy Croft for us with true gravitas.

Mingling

Carol and Matt's website, 2003On exit from the ceremony, Taitinger Champagne and canapés were served in the marble courtyard. Carol’s friends had purchased a ‘just married’ satin bikini and presented it to her - along with a silver breadknife, for the cake cutting!

The Hip Squad provided some laid back jazz ambience as the couple vainly attempted to talk to everyone and thank them for coming.

Matt & Carol wanted a reportage feel to the photos, consequently there were few structured snaps to distract the guests from their drinks!

Dinner & Dancing

Carol and Matt's website, 2003The wedding breakfast was for 100 in a cosy and gilded room upstairs at Dartmouth House. As Carol lost her father over 10 years ago, the only speeches were from Matt as Groom, Best Man and Micky Mosol read ‘London Rain’ By Louis MacNiece.

After the mandatory revelations of Matt’s mis-spent youth, the connecting doors to our evening entertainment were flung aside to reveal a space for the shell shocked couple to attempt to re-create the first dance they had learned! The music was The Orb, Toxygene. There was an active ban in force on all Chris De Burgh! The amazing cake was created lovingly by Stacey Howe, a close and talented friend.

The Video wall scrolled embarrassing snaps of the couple in their youth to provide some additional amusement to guests not availing themselves of the dance floor.

Our Honeymoon

Carol and Matt's website, 2003Matt and Carol chose Italy for a week of decadent luxury at the Il San Pietro Hotel in Positano. No expenses spared and they were met at the airport and chauffeured to the hotel through the picturesque Neopolitan scenery.

During the course of the week they visited Pompeii, Capri, and Serrento - although often sporting the latest in tourist throw away plastic macs!

Exceptional cuisine, luxury surroundings and five star treatment more than made up for the temperamental Italian mountain climate.

The Flowers

Opulent displays of exotic, colourful and architectural foliage set off Dartmouth House’s traditional elegance. The table centres were a deliberate attempt to individualise the environment.

The Readings

Love by Roy Croft

I love you,
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am when I am with you.
I love you,
Not only for what you have made of yourself,
But for what you are making of me.
I love you for the part of me that you bring out;
I love you for
putting your hand into my heaped-up heart
And passing over all the foolish, weak things
that you can’t help dimly seeing there,
And for drawing out into the light
All the beautiful belongings
that no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find.
I love you because you
Are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern, but a temple;
Out of the works
Of my every day
Not a reproach But a song.
I love you because you have done
More than any creed
Could have done
To make me good, And more than any fate
Could have done
To make me happy.
You have done it
Without a touch,
Without a word,
Without a sign.
You have done it by being yourself.
Perhaps that is what being a friend means, after all

The Suppliers

Flowers -
Lindsay Kirkland & Lily Designs
89 Cowley Road, Ilford, Essex IG1 3JJ
020 8554 3342
www.lklily.co.uk

Wedding Coordinator -
Milestone Weddings
43 Camborne Road, Southfields, London SW18 4BH
020 8488 7223
www.milestoneweddings.co.uk

Wedding Dress -
Mystique
3 Hales Yard, Market Place, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4AF
01379 642044

Website -
The Website Superstore
www.website-superstore.co.uk
08450 569026

Disco and Video Wall -
Complete Entertainments
www.completeentertainments.com
01744 813718

Bespoke Bridesmaid Dress -
Gillian Manley
020 89402061

Wedding Makeup -
Sam Barnes
01628 631943

 

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